Quirky, fresh, and funny, this is the world record authority for the NEW generation where anyone, anywhere, at any age, can be the best at something!
THE RECORDSETTER BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
More than 300 Extraordinary Feats by Ordinary People
By DAN ROLLMAN and COREY HENDERSON
From the time he was 10 years old, Dan Rollman dreamed of being in The Guinness Book of World Records, but later he discovered that there was a lot of red tape to deal with before a record could be admitted. Disheartened, but determined, Dan and his friend Corey Henderson, two self-professed “world record junkies,” saw an opportunity to create a similar, but more accepting, model for recording human achievement. The duo spent years building RecordSetter.com with money out of their own pockets, finally launching the site at the end of 2008. Within days, submissions to the video-based site began trickling in. Soon, Dan and Corey were buried under a mound of records, making regular guest appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , and selling out live world record events from coast to coast.
Today, RecordSetter.com has catalogued over 20,000 record setters from more than 50 different countries, with hundreds of new records submitted weekly. The site is used by summer camps, church groups, juggling clubs, professional skateboarders, ex-Olympians and even the folks who run National High Five Day. Led by a team of moderators, the RecordSetter community plays an active role in approving records.
And now, at last, there is a book to chronicle some of the most extraordinary and outlandish achievements! THE RECORDSETTER BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS (Workman) expands on the content of the website and features over 300 categorized records, with chapters including The Creative Arts, Food and Drink, Sports and Games, Science and Technology, Money and Style, Groups, Visionaries, Earth and Environment, and The Human Body. Each record features:
- A photo or illustration
- Related data (date, location, tools, etc.)
- A short description, including funny or offbeat trivia
- Criteria to complete the record
- Related records
- Ideas for other records to be set
The book also includes profiles of record setters and interviews, back stories on buzz worthy records, tips for setting records, failed attempts, and amazing tales like “The International Battle for Giraffe Tattoo Supremacy.” In addition, there is an examination of RecordSetter culture with unique lists of outrageous records, in-depth stories of RecordSetter rivalries, and details on how readers can host their own record setting events! All readers are encouraged to not only break records in the book, but also to invent bold, new feats worthy of inclusion.
Just a few of the captivating records featured are:
- Most People Hit in Face with Pies in 30 Seconds While on Roller Skates (PG 81)
Current record: 13 by Drew Barrymore (yes, that Drew Barrymore!)
- Most Pizza Slice Face Slaps in 15 Seconds (PG 69)
Current record: 210 by Mel Sampson from Canada
- Longest Office Chair Train Pulled by a Motorcycle (PG 186)
Current record: 19 people by members of Wieden + Kennedy’s Team Maroon from Oregon
- Fastest Time to Recite All 50 States in Alphabetical Order While Being Hit in the Head with Wooden Spoons (PG 216)
Current record: 16.75 seconds by Stefanie Ward from Pennsylvania
- Fastest Time to a Open Bag of Skittles and Sort Them by Color (PG 73)
Current record: 21.95 seconds by Caitie McMekin and Melanie Crampton from New Jersey
- Most Vertical Fist Pumps in 30 Seconds (PG 278)
Current record: 255 by Abraham Collins from New Jersey (of course!)
THE RECORDSETTER BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS will indulge readers of any age in the weird, wacky, and wild and perhaps inspire them to set a record of their own!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
DAN ROLLMAN is the president and co-founder of RecordSetter. Dan is a lifelong world-record fanatic who tried in college, unsuccessfully, to set a Guinness World Record for ravioli eating. He has set 12 RecordSetter world records, but all but two have been beaten. An Emmy Award-winning advertising copywriter, with two Super Bowl commercials to his credit, Dan lives in Brooklyn.
COREY HENDERSON is the CTO and co-founder of RecordSetter. A competitive marathoner, who hails from a family of entrepreneurs, he has been at the leading edge of web development since 1997. Corey is proud to hold the RecordSetter world record for Most Fiery Crashes in One Game of Pole Position, and dares anyone to try and beat it. He lives with his family in New York City.
ABOUT THE BOOK
THE RECORDSETTER BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS More than 300 Extraordinary Feats by Ordinary People
By Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson
Workman Publishing • November 2011 • ISBN: 9780761165774 • $12.95
Visit them on the Web at WWW.RECORDSETTER.COM